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July 25, 1993 | Veronica Chambers, Chambers is co-author, with John Singleton, of "Poetic Justice: Filmmaking South Central Style."
In the realm of African-American literature, beyond the pathos of race and rage, lies that rare African-American character: the Buppie. Black and upwardly mobile, he or she is just as defined by class as by color, and is just as American as African-American. In his highly acclaimed first novel, "Platitudes," Trey Ellis showed us the life of a baby Buppie--a young black teen-ager, not from the 'hood, but at an affluent prep school.
June 28, 2013 | By Andrea Chang, Los Angeles Times
Dawn McCoy used to have to call a handyman for home repairs, a taxicab for a ride to the airport, a caterer to help out at a dinner party. Now, she turns to mobile apps and websites that quickly connect her with folks who complete the tasks for a fraction of the price charged by professional services. "You feel like it's your peers helping you out," McCoy, 35, said. "And you don't have to be a millionaire to have someone help you. " In a city filled with personal assistants and others willing to do odds-and-ends jobs, it's no surprise that a slew of help-for-hire start-ups are taking off in Los Angeles.
April 29, 1997 | CLIFF ROTHMAN, Special to The Times
We've heard it so often it's become like white noise: "It is better to give than to receive." But the deepest truth is that giving is receiving. Ask any volunteer. As President Clinton's three-day Summit for America's Future focuses national attention on the importance of citizens sharing their time and talents, The Times asked a variety of Southern California volunteers to recall unforgettable moments. All said they went into volunteering thinking they were the giver, and were transformed.
September 26, 1993 | From Reader's Digest
Last year homeowners spent more than $45 billion on maintenance and home repairs, according to Home Center magazine.
June 28, 2012 | By Matt Donnelly
Alex Trebek will take "relief" for $500.  The "Jeopardy!" host is recovering well after suffering a mild heart attack Saturday. The beloved quiz man, who experienced a similar attack five years ago, said he sought treatment at the insistence of his wife. "She was very adamant and had tears in her eyes," Trebek told People. "I didn't want to upset her more than I had already so I went - and she was right. " The 71-year-old was making some home repairs and, after moving a heavy ladder, experienced shooting pain in his chest and back.
November 27, 1994
"Sears Gets Back to Basics" (Nov. 11) suggests that the era of great financial synergism, as taught in business school MBA programs, has come full cycle. One theory being that if you sell homes you can also sell insurance, appliances, home repairs, furniture, IRAs, ad infinitum. It never worked in the real world, and many corporations besides Sears were sucked up into the frenzy. The Merrill Lynches, Prudentials and others have all bailed out of this fiasco, but what will happen to all the MBAs who led them down the path?
February 9, 2009 | Times Wire Reports
The Federal Emergency Management Agency has denied nearly 650,000 applications for housing aid after Hurricane Ike hit southeast Texas, finding that nearly 90% of all claimants were ineligible for FEMA help. Those rejected and their attorneys say the inspectors are unqualified or poorly trained, and the inspection system is flawed in ways that withhold help from deserving people. FEMA says the numbers reflect a misunderstanding of the agency's mission. The Houston Chronicle reported that FEMA has received more than 730,000 applications for help with home repairs, mobile homes or other housing services needed after Ike caused widespread damage in September.
December 24, 1989
Make a mistake when shopping for food or clothing and the loss usually isn't a big deal. But that's not the case when seeking shelter. A home is the biggest purchase of a lifetime for most families. And since most folks don't buy houses all that often, they have relatively little experience in dealing with the complicated legal procedures, the often confusing terms and the many potential mistakes that can be made.
March 5, 2013 | By Tony Perry, Los Angeles Times
SAN DIEGO - Two defense contractors and a corporation have been found guilty of being part of a fraud and bribery scheme involving phony payments for the repair of military aircraft at North Island Naval Air Station in Coronado. Robert Ehnow and Joanne Loehr, owners of Poway-based companies, were convicted Monday of showering Navy officials with gifts and cash in exchange for millions of dollars in payments for work supposedly done on planes at the Fleet Readiness Center. Loehr's firm, Centerline Industrial Inc., also was convicted.
March 20, 2012
Colleagues of the late Sen. Ted Stevens are calling for the heads of six federal prosecutors who concealed evidence from the Alaska Republican's lawyers at his 2008 corruption trial. They may not get their wish for a while - Atty. Gen. Eric H. Holder Jr. is awaiting a report by the Justice Department's Office of Professional Responsibility - but in the meantime, Congress can make it harder for overzealous and negligent government lawyers to subject other defendants to the sort of outrageous ordeal Stevens endured.
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